The Thar.e will likely be based on Mahindra’s new born-EV platform.
Mahindra has teased the upcoming Thar EV concept, ahead of its global debut on August 15 in South Africa, which confirms our previous scoop. The teaser shows the electric offroader concept will be called the Thar.e.
- Mahindra Thar.e concept will debut in South Africa
- Alongside, Mahindra will also showcase a pickup concept
Besides the moniker, the social media teaser also gives us a few more hints of what to expect. In terms of styling the concept will feature Squircle like design elements seen in the LED lights teased. The lights also show a pixel structure similar to the pickup concept that Mahindra will showcase at the event.
The biggest clue to what we can expect however is the Born Electric lettering, indicating the concept – and thus the production car – will be built on the new dedicated EV platforms that Mahindra are readying.
Electrifying a ladder-on-frame platform is technically possible and quite a few brands have done so, for example the Ford F150 Lightning pickup. Given that Mahindra is also a commercial vehicle manufacturer, electrifying ladder-frame vehicles is something it needs to look into, it has also said it is doing so previously.
However, using the new born electric platform for the Thar.e Mahindra will not have to struggle with weight and space issues the current Thar’s ladder-frame would pose. This would therefore also give the Thar.e a better range with a lower weight and more space for batteries. For now details like its range and powertrain and not known but more will likely be unveiled at the August 15th event, where Mahindra will also showcase a pickup concept, so stay tuned.